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March 17, 2016

Niskayuna students win prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Top: Left to Right – Alta Fox, Beca Piascik, Emilie Ravena, Mary Johnson; Middle: Left to Right – Audrey DeBritz, Allie Seminer, Dayva Weiss, Yushi Li; Bottom: Left to Right – Ray Posner, Riley Moran, Sierra Whitney

Originality, skill and vision were three key factors panelists looked for while judging the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing competition. Eleven Niskayuna High School students stood out among other entries and received Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention acknowledgments at the regional level of the competition.

The work of 11th-grader Mary Johnson and 12th-grader Ray Posner reached the national level of competition where Johnson was awarded a Gold Medal for her photograph "Inside," while Posner received a Silver Medal award for his art portfolio, "Intimacy."

Receiving a national award placed Johnson and Posner in the top one percent of the competition's 320,000 submissions. Johnson, along with other national Gold Medalists, will be honored during a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in June.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the longest-running recognition program and the nation's largest source of scholarships for teen artists and writers. Past winners include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Robert Redford and Stephen King.


Mary Johnson's national Gold Medal winning photograph "Inside"


Images from Ray Posner's nationa Silver Medal awarded Art Portfolio "Intimacy"

Niskayuna High School's regional winners are:
Student Grade Work Title Award Category
Audrey DeBritz 12 Wallenpaupack  Silver Key Photography
Alta Fox 12 Forget Me Not Silver Key Video
Mary Johnson 11 Inside Gold Key Photography
Yushi Li 10 Rotation Silver Key Photography
Riley Moran 12 Church Closet Honorable Mention Photography
Beca Piascik 12 Flooded Silver Key Photography
    Fly on the Block Honorable Mention Photography
    Exhaustion Honorable Mention Photography
Ray Posner 12 Intimacy Gold Key Photography
Emilie Ravena 12 LOVE Honorable Mention Photography
Allie Seminer 12 Lock 7 Silver Key Photography
    Into the Depths Silver Key Photography
Davya Weiss 12 Milky Way Gold Key Photography
Sierra Whitney 12 Breathe Silver Key Photography
    Death of the Lilies Silver Key Photography